As Arsenal were crowned FA Cup champions for the second consecutive year in a row and now currently hold the record for the most amount of FA Cups won in the history of the competition. After a dominant display against Aston Villa in the final were Arsenal ran out worthy winners with a scoreline of 4-0.
We now ask does Arsene Wenger stick with the fire power he has up front? Or does he dip into his transfer kitty and purchase another forward to add quality and competition to the current forward line.
Arsenal's forward line has always come under criticism in recent seasons, majority unfair may I add.
Recently former Arsenal cult hero and player, now turned Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry was the latest to give criticism to Arsenals number one striker Olivier Giroud. He went on to say:"I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so. He does a job, and he does it ever so well, but you can't win the league."
Personally I think this is a bit unfair on Giroud. He was out for three months of the season and the
Frenchman still ended the campaign with 18 goals in 29 games in all competition, considering Giroud missed a substantial amount of the season I still think he endured a good season in front of goal.
Wenger clearly noted last season how jaded Giroud got towards the end of last season being Arsenal's only out and out striker, thus the reason behind purchasing Danny Welbeck from Manchester United in the summer.
The Englishman had a misfiring season for the Gunners scoring only eight goals in 33 games in all competitions. His most notable contributions this season were his hat-trick against Galatasaray, and of course his goal against his former side Manchester United in the quarter final of the FA Cup. Welbeck works hard when hes in the side but does his hard work make up for the lack of goals in his game?
Next we have the man who's been on fire ever since he's been put back in the side in his favoured position, of course it's Theo Walcott. Surely the Englishman has put his recent injury to his ACL behind him and is starting to find his finest form again, with four goals in two games while playing up front.
His latest being his well take left footed volley for the opener in the FA Cup final. Theo has seven goals in 16 games in all competitions. For a man who has only returned after being out for a full year that is quite good.
The only problem that faces Arsenal now is Walcott's contract situation, he is certainly proving he is ready to make the step up and be Arsenals main man.
But is Wenger ready to give him the opportunity? Arsene invested a lot of money in Theo when he was
just 16 years of age from Southampton and is now currently the longest serving member of the Arsenal squad, along with Abou Diaby but I'm sure many people have forgot he still exists!
Arsenal ended the campaign with 71 goals in the Premier League, the third highest amount of goals scored in the league. For a team with a forward line that constantly comes under criticism is pretty good I must admit.
But the issue now arises to Arsenal and their manager, do they delve into the transfer market and buy another forward to add to their lineup? Or do they give Walcott the contract he wants and stick with him
while strengthening other positions in the team? Only Monsieur Wenger will have the answer for this!
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